Chaetolopha niphosticha (Turner, 1907)
Dark Forest Carpet
(previously known as Scordylia niphosticha)
LARENTIINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Chaetolopha niphosticha
(Photo: courtesy of Olga Schmidt).

The Caterpillars of this species are thought to feed on

  • Ferns ( POLYPODIOPHYTA ).

    The adult moth is brown, with a white dash near the wingtip, and three white sinuous lines across each forewing. The hindwings are pale brown in the basal half, and darker in the marginal half.

    The species is found in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading:

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 3 - Waves & Carpets - GEOMETROIDEA (C),
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2011, pp. 34-35.

    Olga Schmidt,
    A revision of the genus Chaetolopha Warren (Lepidoptera: Geometridae: Larentiinae) with a description of Parachaetolopha, gen. nov.,
    Invertebrate Systematics, Volume 16 (2002), pp. 703-733.


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    (updated 26 February 2013)